Photos Of The Power Of Community: Commuters, trains and the cameras which captured the changes

Artwork was formed, neighbourhood plans and apprenticeships created, electric trains and kettles were adapted, and thousands of people visited Nottingham University’s engines of change exhibition, #projectthurrilleduk – reflecting on the power of communities to…

Photos Of The Power Of Community: Commuters, trains and the cameras which captured the changes

Artwork was formed, neighbourhood plans and apprenticeships created, electric trains and kettles were adapted, and thousands of people visited Nottingham University’s engines of change exhibition, #projectthurrilleduk – reflecting on the power of communities to change their world, and how this can be used to inspire a generation to live more responsibly.

Three generations of workhorses

The Great Train Robbery famously took place at the Derby Racecourse in 1963 with £2.6m stolen from the Nottinghamshire train company. The very same day, 30.6 miles to the west at Gretna Green, a gang of 20 men robbed the day shift train with its stolen contents worth £4.5m.

Both sets of thieves not only had to evade the police, but had to live with the embarrassment of being unable to move and claiming expenses.

Trains were seen as powerful, simple and reliable. London had maintained the notion that the Tube was not transport – and had its own plans of how the trains should be organised and run. However, Nottinghamshire had a different philosophy. EON’s plan, in contrast, was to pursue a strategy of deregulation, promoting confidence and rolling stock renewal.

Out with the old, in with the new

Fast forward 50 years, and EON’s plan has been carried out to a T. The famed Oxford service (also known as the Derby Freight version of the 703 or 603) has been decommissioned, and replaced by the new Western Mainline service between London and Nottingham.

The new train, like a home built for the 21st century, was often used in its early life to house locomotives waiting to be put back into action, and in return be used to showcase the lighter, lighter railways under EON’s direction.

The new track

The signals system which facilitated two decades of profitable trading in the former Eastern Railway, was dismantled, rebuilt, replaced, and laid new on to a clearly ordered track.

Teens were invited to question under the old Telegraph Towers and through the corridors of the old Constitution Place. These images show the streets and atmosphere of the old Town centre being preserved whilst being re-imagined for the modern world.

The engines of change

On the redesigned track, ‘Chesterfield Workshops’ are a focus of activity and beauty. The site – designed to provide work experience and opportunities for residents and pupils – hosts dozens of shops and galleries.

It has created opportunities for innovation and learning, with the creation of StoryCorps which has captured thousands of hours of audio from individuals, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

This project has an archive of over one million images. Photographs were taken by individuals and users, and formed part of the exhibition called Photos of The Power of Community.

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